First ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ Episode Hits

jl-gods-and-monsters-machinima-ep1Hey, remember “Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker” and how messed up what was? Yeah…

A few years ago, producer/artist Bruce Timm stepped away from guiding the long run of adapted direct-to-DVD DC Comics movies to create something original. We are now seeing that something original.

Entitled “Justice League: Gods and Monsters,” the direct-to-DVD film follows an alternate universe version of the League – a Man-Bat instead becomes a vampiric Batman, the son of Zod as Superman, and the daughter of Ares as Wonder Woman – who join forces to go on the offensive after being framed for crimes. But will these dark heroes save the day or attempt to rule the world?

The film won’t hit stores until July 28, 2015 but a deal with Machinima means we’ll be introduced to this world in advance. The three-part “Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” (which has already gotten a season 2 pick-up) will feature a brief adventure of each of the alt-Trinity and they’re starting with the new Batman.

Freed from the restraints of ratings and all-ages guidelines, Timm takes a step further into the dark corners we glimpsed on the DCAU…and it’s good. And disturbing. Because of course it is.

If this has piqued your interest, check out the full trailer:

And the full synopsis:

Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett comes an original story where the world’s greatest triumvirate of super heroes has distinctly different origins. Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League – but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

With a twist on your favorite Justice League characters, this film is full of thrilling new adventures and jam-packed with a celebrity voice cast which includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor and C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland) as Dr. Will Magnus.

Sam Liu (Batman: Year One) directed Justice League: Gods & Monsters from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Co-Producer Alan Burnett (The Batman), who also wrote the screenplay. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Co-Executive Producers.

“Justice League: Gods & Monsters” will be available on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on July 28, 2015

About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.